Morris seizes Spa opportunity!

25th July 2016

Cencetti and Kapadia cut Morris’ Sunoco Whelen Challenge lead

Marco Cencetti has trimmed Seb Morris’ Sunoco Whelen Challenge lead to just 8.29 points after his winning Radical SR3 Euro Masters outing at Silverstone last weekend.

While Alex Kapadia’s consistency also helped him move into Rolex 24 At Daytona prize drive contention it was Cencetti who really gave Morris something to think about by scoring two victories, a fastest lap and pole position across each of his three races. And were it not for a difficult opening race the Italian would likely be even closer to his Welsh rival, who began the weekend 10.78 points clear.

Kapadia has also given himself a chance of featuring in this season’s run-in after victory in Silverstone’s final race helped him climb two places to third in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge standings. Crucially, though, he has also taken points out of both Morris and Cencetti, and heads into the final three rounds of his Radical SR8 Masters campaign just 11.71 shy of top-spot. That represents a significant turn around for the Briton who was almost 20 adrift of the lead at the start of June.

His rise has much to do with the Sunoco Whelen Challenge’s unique average points system, which rewards consistency across a season. It also ensures that all three drivers still have a chance of winning the fully-funded prototype drive at Daytona this January. However, they will be equally aware that any slip at this late stage could prove costly.

Morris has the first opportunity to respond when the British GT Championship visits Snetterton on August 6/7, before Cencetti and Kapadia head to Donington Park just one week later.

Just over four points cover the next five drivers, lead by Radical racers James Littlejohn and Tony Wells. They’re now joined in the top-six by Manhal Allos whose impressive Silverstone outing helped him leapfrog Marcello Marateotto and Joe Osborne.

Riccardo Dona and Jon Barnes complete the top-10.

With no GT Cup or Britcar Endurance Championship drivers featuring in the Sunoco 200 Challenge title fight, runaway points leader and Mini Challenge Cooper class champion-elect Max Bladon has retained his commanding 21.98-point lead over Radical Challenge’s Steve Burgess.


Next up in the Sunoco Whelen Challenge is the British GT3 at Snetterton 6-7th August. In the Sunoco 200 Challenge full action comes from GT3 Am and GT4 at Snetterton the same weekend!

The Challenge continues...

Upcoming Sunoco Whelen Challenge-eligible events:

August 6/7: British GT Championship (GT3 Pro) - Snetterton

August 13/14: Radical Masters/Euro Masters - Donington Park

September 10/11: British GT Championship (GT3 Pro) - Donington Park


Next Sunoco 200 Challenge-eligible events:

August 6/7: British GT Championship (GT3 Am/GT4) - Snetterton

August 13/14: Britcar Endurance Championship - Silverstone

August 13/14: GT Cup - Donington Park

August 19/20: Mini Challenge - Oulton Park



About the Sunoco Challenges

The Sunoco Whelen Challenge is provided in partnership with Whelen Engineering in the USA and Anglo American Oil Company Ltd in the UK. Drivers from selected Sunoco-fuelled championships compete against each other throughout the season with a chance to win a fully paid-for race seat in a Whelen-sponsored Prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2017. The Prize consists of pre-race test days, including the ROAR before the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and a fully paid for race seat in the Action Express racing run Whelen sponsored Prototype during the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2017.

Eligible series for the 2017 Sunoco Whelen Challenge are: British GT3, Radical Team Challenge (Pro-drivers) and Radical European Masters (Classes SR3 & SR8).

The Sunoco 200 Challenge is run by Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. and provides the winner with a race seat in the Sunoco liveried Mustang Boss 305R. Also included is travel, accommodation and a Sunoco 200 Challenge race suit. The winner will race in the 200 mile long BMW Performance 200 race on the Friday before the iconic 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona. As well as that, the driver who wins the challenge gains the full American experience!

Eligible series for the 2017 Sunoco 200 Challenge are: Britcar, F3 Cup, GT Cup, Radical Solo Challenge (AM), MINI Challenge (all classes), British GT4 and NEW for 2016, British GT3 (AM only).

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